Misconceptions about the Igbo people and tribe

Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. In Nigeria, Igbo people have carved a niche for themselves as entrepreneurs. This is why many believe the Igbos have a strong threshold on the economy of the country.

There have been developed many misconceptions about the Igbo people that may not really be true. These misconceptions have brought about so many assumptions about the Igbo tribe many of which are false and have caused a lot of confusion among Nigerians, especially where matters of the heart are concerned.

We take a look at some of the misconceptions below;

1. Igbos don’t marry other tribes

There is a belief among many people that no matter how in-love an Igbo man/woman is with a person from another Nigerian tribe, he/she can not marry him/her.

Many have tied the reasons for this as a result of the Igbos insistence to maintain its culture, name, and language.

2. Igbo people from Mbaise and Nnewi are naturally wicked

There are many negative impressions about Igbo people from Mbaise in Imo state and Nnewi in Anambra state.

A lot of people believe everybody from both towns are naturally wicked and selfish. Are you in the same school of thoughts?

3. Igbos love money

This one is probably, the most common one. The first thing an average Nigerian can tell you about an Igbo person is that he loves money and most of them would do anything just to get rich.

Is there really a tribe that does not love money?

4. Igbos are stingy

Nigerian man holding money

Some people are of the belief that most Igbos are stingy. That an Igbo man would rather die than give someone money. It is widely believed that an Igbo man would rather starve than spend money on good food.

5. Igbos Prefer Business to Education

Marketwoman in Asaba
Marketwoman in Asaba

There is a popular belief that Igbos don’t value education and mostly prefer business and money. The practice of sending young boys to big cities to go and learn a trade under a kinsman has heightened this belief.

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